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Trump blasts impeachment at Pennsylvania rally hours after Democrats unveil charges
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Trump blasts impeachment at Pennsylvania rally hours after Democrats unveil charges
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Hours after House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump, he blasted the charges at a packed campaign rally in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania. The president specifically lashed out at House Democrats for announcing articles of impeachment just before also announcing they had struck a deal with the White House […]

Andrew Yang qualifies for last Democratic debate of 2019 as lone candidate of color
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Andrew Yang qualifies for last Democratic debate of 2019 as lone candidate of color
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Only two days before the deadline to qualify for the last Democratic presidential primary debate of 2019, entrepreneur Andrew Yang secured his last qualifying poll to join six of his competitors in Los Angeles on Dec. 19, marking the only candidate of color who will appear on the stage so far. Yang cleared the polling […]

3 key takeaways on final House impeachment hearing
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3 key takeaways on final House impeachment hearing
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Congressional lawyers made their case to lawmakers Monday on the impeachment of President Donald Trump, presenting the final testimony in a weeks-long effort that has divided the nation. The next step will be consideration of articles of impeachment by the House Judiciary Committee as early as Wednesday. Here’s what to know: No new evidence, but […]

Russia, Ukraine to hold 1st major peace summit in years next week
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Russia, Ukraine to hold 1st major peace summit in years next week
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Russia and Ukraine will hold peace talks at a summit in Paris on Monday, the first time in three years there have been high-level talks between the two countries focused on ending the war in eastern Ukraine. The talks are taking place in the so-called “Normandy Format,” with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor […]

Democrats plot week ahead for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump
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Democrats plot week ahead for impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump
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Roughly two dozen Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee, dressed casually for the weekend, gathered in the grand hearing room in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill Saturday for the first of two days of preparation ahead of a crucial week in impeachment proceedings against the president. Working over pizza with Democratic lawyers […]

Elon Musk cleared of defamation in ‘pedo guy’ tweet trial
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Elon Musk cleared of defamation in ‘pedo guy’ tweet trial
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Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet. Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for weeks in a Thailand cave last year, had sought […]

Key takeaways on the House Judiciary Committee’s 1st hearing on Trump’s impeachment
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Key takeaways on the House Judiciary Committee’s 1st hearing on Trump’s impeachment
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The impeachment inquiry moved to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday with a panel of constitutional scholars tackling the million dollar question in the debate: Do President Donald Trump’s actions warrant impeachment under the Constitution? Three of the witnesses were lawyers handpicked by the Democratic majority: Pamela Khan, a professor at Stanford Law School; Michael […]

Why exuberant Hong Kong protesters are waving American flags
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Why exuberant Hong Kong protesters are waving American flags
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Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters waving American flags filled the streets Thursday to celebrate President Donald Trump’s signing of a law that supports their months-long movement. Images and video footage from the semi-autonomous city showed thousands of protesters out to praise the action, with many waving or adorning red, white and blue flags. President Trump on […]

Trump welcomes Conan, hero dog from al-Baghdadi raid, to White House
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Trump welcomes Conan, hero dog from al-Baghdadi raid, to White House
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At the White House on Monday, President Donald Trump welcomed Conan — the hero dog from the raid that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. After emerging from the Oval Office with the dog and a handler, Vice President Mike Pence, and first lady Melania Trump, Trump spoke to reporters […]

Former Trump adviser John Bolton returns to Twitter with cryptic message
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Former Trump adviser John Bolton returns to Twitter with cryptic message
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After a more than two-month hiatus from Twitter, President Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton is back on the platform with a cryptic message amid the impeachment probe. “Glad to be back on Twitter after more than two months. For the backstory, stay tuned……..” he Tweeted on Friday. He later tweeted, “since resigning […]

Michigan halts sale of marijuana e-cigs unless re-tested
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Michigan halts sale of marijuana e-cigs unless re-tested
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Michigan on Friday halted the sale of marijuana vaping products until they are tested for a compound that has been identified as a culprit in e-cigarette-related lung illnesses. The state Marijuana Regulatory Agency’s emergency rules, which prohibit vitamin E acetate, apply to existing medical marijuana businesses and those in the process of being licensed to […]

Key takeaways from day 5 of the public impeachment hearings
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Key takeaways from day 5 of the public impeachment hearings
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It’s day No. 5 of the House impeachment hearings and the last day of testimony scheduled by Democrats so far. Testifying on Thursday were Fiona Hill, former senior director for Europe and Russia on the White House’s National Security Council and David Holmes, a political counselor at the U.S. embassy in Ukraine. Lt. Col. Alexander […]

5 takeaways from the 5th Democratic debate
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5 takeaways from the 5th Democratic debate
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The Democratic primary’s top 10 polling candidates appeared in Atlanta and the debate matchup featured a night of mostly civil exchanges over the party’s policy rifts and plenty of tailored pitches as the candidates continued to court a still unsettled electorate less than three months before the first primaries. In one of the last primary […]

Key takeaways from the impeachment hearings on day 4 of public testimony
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Key takeaways from the impeachment hearings on day 4 of public testimony
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Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to the European Union, was President Donald Trump’s handpicked dealmaker on Ukraine, according to his fellow impeachment witnesses. On Wednesday, he testified publicly for the first time under subpoena. Sondland is considered a key witness in the House impeachment inquiry into Trump’s pressure campaign on Ukraine. Trump wanted Ukraine President Volodymyr […]

Democratic debate: Top tier clash in one of the last primary matchups of 2019
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Democratic debate: Top tier clash in one of the last primary matchups of 2019
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The fifth Democratic primary debate convened 10 candidates on stage Wednesday night in Georgia, a state trending more purple due in part to shifting demographics, as the splintered field struggles to confront the party’s mounting concerns over defeating President Donald Trump and more Democrats both formally and potentially join the fold. The showdown, one of […]

5 key takeaways from impeachment hearings on Day 3
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5 key takeaways from impeachment hearings on Day 3
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It’s week No. 2 in public hearings on the House impeachment inquiry, and the public gets to hear from witnesses who were listening to President Donald Trump’s July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. Testifying Tuesday morning were Army Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, the National Security Council’s Ukraine expert, and Jennifer Williams, a […]

Prince Andrew’s efforts to put scandal behind him backfire
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Prince Andrew’s efforts to put scandal behind him backfire
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Prince Andrew’s effort to put the Jeffrey Epstein scandal behind him may have instead done him irreparable harm. While aides are trying to put the best face on his widely criticized interview with the BBC, royal watchers are asking whether he can survive the public relations disaster and remain a working member of the royal […]

Roger Stone found guilty on all 7 counts
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Roger Stone found guilty on all 7 counts
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President Donald Trump’s longtime friend and onetime campaign adviser, Roger Stone, was convicted in the only remaining case from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Jurors have returned a guilty verdict on all of seven counts including five counts of lying to Congress, one count of witness tampering and one count of obstruction of a proceeding. […]

5 key takeaways from the 1st day of the public impeachment hearing
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5 key takeaways from the 1st day of the public impeachment hearing
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The House on Wednesday convened its first impeachment hearing in more than 20 years. Testifying was William Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, and George Kent, the State Department’s top career official tasked with Ukraine policy. Here are the key takeaways: New details involving another Trump phone call Much of Wednesday’s testimony recounted details […]

Trump says he’d be ‘happy’ to run against Bloomberg for president
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Trump says he’d be ‘happy’ to run against Bloomberg for president
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President Donald Trump on Friday said he’d be “happy” to run against fellow billionaire Michael Bloomberg amid reports he was close to entering the Democratic race for president. “I’d be happy. There’s nobody I’d rather run against than little Michael, that I can tell you,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for […]

Beto O’Rourke ends 2020 presidential campaign
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Beto O’Rourke ends 2020 presidential campaign
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Beto O’Rourke, the former Texas congressman, announced on Twitter that he’s dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. About an hour after informing his staff he was dropping out of the race, O’Rourke joined surprised supporters and volunteers stationed outside an arena in Des Moines, Iowa, where he was scheduled to speak at the Liberty […]

Trump invites ‘hero’ dog from al-Baghdadi raid to White House, declassifies name as ‘Conan’
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Trump invites ‘hero’ dog from al-Baghdadi raid to White House, declassifies name as ‘Conan’
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President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted that a dog used by United States special operations forces in a raid that led to the death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in Syria would leave the Middle East to come to the White House next week — and then he declassified the dog’s name. After […]

Divided House passes impeachment probe resolution
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Divided House passes impeachment probe resolution
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A sharply divided House of Representatives on Thursday passed a resolution to authorize the ongoing impeachment inquiry, including open hearings, taking a pivotal new step in the process to investigate President Donald Trump’s dealings with Ukraine. The mostly party-line vote was the first time members of the House have formally gone on record to support […]

Dems unveil impeachment procedures; GOP calls process unfair
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Dems unveil impeachment procedures; GOP calls process unfair
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House Democrats unveiled legislation Tuesday authorizing the next phase of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump as Democrats move to nullify complaints from Trump and his Republican allies that the impeachment process is illegitimate and unfair. An eight-page resolution calls for open hearings and requires the House Intelligence Committee to submit a report outlining […]

Space satellite crashes in front yard of Michigan home
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Space satellite crashes in front yard of Michigan home
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A Samsung pseudo space satellite parachuted from the sky and fell to the ground on a farm in Merrill, Michigan, on Saturday morning. Nancy Welke of Merrill told the Gratiot County Herald that she and her husband, Dan, were preparing to let their horses out around 8:45 a.m. when they heard a loud crash in […]

Death of al-Baghdadi an ‘important milestone,’ retired military leaders say
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Death of al-Baghdadi an ‘important milestone,’ retired military leaders say
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The U.S. operation that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi was “an incredibly important milestone,” retired Gen. Joseph Votel said on ABC’s “This Week” “This is an extraordinarily complex mission, but as we have come to expect from our special operations forces, extraordinarily well executed,” Votel said. Votel and retired Adm. […]

ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi targeted, believed dead in US raid in Syria: Sources
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ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi targeted, believed dead in US raid in Syria: Sources
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Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State last seen alive in a video in April, was targeted in a strike by U.S. Special Operations Forces in Syria on Saturday, according to three U.S. officials. The ISIS leader is believed to be dead, those officials told ABC News. One official told ABC News al-Baghdadi […]

Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she won’t run for re-election in her district
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Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard says she won’t run for re-election in her district
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In a new video released after midnight on Thursday and an email to her supporters, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard said she will not run for re-election in her district in 2020. She has been facing one of the toughest primary challenges of her career from Hawaii state Sen. Kai Kahele, who wished her good luck […]

Rep. Tim Ryan announces end to 2020 presidential campaign
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Rep. Tim Ryan announces end to 2020 presidential campaign
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Rep. Tim Ryan announced in a video posted online that he is “withdrawing from the presidential campaign” after being in the race since April 2019. “While it didn’t work out quite the way we planned, this voice will not be stifled,” Ryan said in a statement. “I will continue to advocate and fight for the […]

Republicans storm secure room, delay in questioning of top defense official on Ukraine aid
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Republicans storm secure room, delay in questioning of top defense official on Ukraine aid
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About two dozen House Republicans delayed a deposition in the ongoing impeachment inquiry on Wednesday, storming the secure hearing room and demanding to take part, raising security concerns about the sensitive space. The protest forced Democrats to delay the hearing with Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia Laura Cooper for five […]

Trump claims ‘breakthrough’ on Syria, lifts sanctions on Turkey: ‘We’re getting out’
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Trump claims ‘breakthrough’ on Syria, lifts sanctions on Turkey: ‘We’re getting out’
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President Donald Trump, facing harsh criticism from both Republicans and Democrats for his abrupt decisions on Syria, claimed a “breakthrough” on Wednesday, saying the ceasefire on Turkey’s border with Syria was now “permanent.” “Early this morning, the Government of Turkey … said that they would be stopping combat and their offensive in Syria, making the […]

Trump compares impeachment process to ‘a lynching’
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Trump compares impeachment process to ‘a lynching’
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President Donald Trump compared the impeachment process to “a lynching” on Twitter Tuesday morning, triggering another political firestorm. A check of his previous tweets and public statements showed that this appeared to be the first time he has used the term as president. “So some day, if a Democrat becomes President and the Republicans win […]

Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses bid to delay hearing
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Wikileaks founder Julian Assange loses bid to delay hearing
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WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared in a U.K. court Monday to fight extradition to the United States on espionage charges, and he lost a bid to delay proceedings so that his legal team would have more time to prepare his case. Assange defiantly raised a fist to supporters who jammed the public gallery in Westminster […]

Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral
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Trump drops plan to host G-7 at Doral
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Responding to stinging criticism, President Donald Trump on Saturday abruptly reversed his plan to hold the next Group of Seven world leaders’ meeting at his Doral, Florida, golf resort next year. Trump announced a rare backtrack Saturday night after facing accusations that he was using the presidency to enrich himself by hosting the international summit […]

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comes out in support of Bernie Sanders at his first rally post-heart attack
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez comes out in support of Bernie Sanders at his first rally post-heart attack
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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders returned to New York City on Saturday, drawing the largest crowd of supports in the 2020 election cycle thus far and marking his return to the campaign trail after suffering a heart attack on Oct. 1. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez introduced the senator at the event dubbed the “Bernie’s Back […]

Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump: ‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield’
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Former Defense Secretary Gen. James Mattis roasts Donald Trump: ‘I earned my spurs on the battlefield’
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Former Defense Secretary James Mattis roasted his former boss at the Alfred E. Smith dinner in New York City on Thursday night. Mattis took the stage at the annual dinner — an opportunity to crack jokes about local and national politics — with an introduction from comic legend Martin Short. “According to the president he’s […]

US, Turkey reach agreement on Syria, but differ over whether it’s a ceasefire or pause in operations
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US, Turkey reach agreement on Syria, but differ over whether it’s a ceasefire or pause in operations
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The U.S. and Turkey reached an agreement on Thursday to halt Turkish operations against Syrian Kurdish forces the U.S. once backed in what President Donald Trump heralded as “a great day for civilization,” but critics condemned as a capitulation to Turkish demands. Following negotiations — led by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Vice President […]

‘Don’t be a tough guy’: President Trump sent threatening letter to Turkish President Erdogan on day of invasion
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‘Don’t be a tough guy’: President Trump sent threatening letter to Turkish President Erdogan on day of invasion
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President Donald Trump admonished the president of Turkey in a surreal personal letter sent last week in which he threatened to be “responsible for destroying the Turkish economy” and said his fellow leader should not be “a tough guy” or a “fool.” The letter was first reported by Fox News and later confirmed as accurate […]

Pence, Giuliani defy demands by Congress for documents
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Pence, Giuliani defy demands by Congress for documents
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Declaring the Democratic-led impeachment inquiry illegitimate, Vice President Mike Pence and President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Tuesday refused to hand over documents on Ukraine. The Defense Department and White House’s Office of Management and Budget also declined to comply with the investigation, defying congressional subpoenas, officials said. The move dramatically escalates the […]

Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes
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Judge blocks Michigan’s ban on flavored e-cigarettes
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A Michigan judge temporarily blocked the state’s weeks-old ban on flavored e-cigarettes Tuesday, saying it may force adults to return to smoking more harmful tobacco products and has irreparably hurt vaping businesses. Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens put the prohibition on hold until “further order of this court.” The preliminary injunction will be appealed […]

Goat breaks down door of family home, takes nap in bathroom
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Goat breaks down door of family home, takes nap in bathroom
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A goat who escaped from an Ohio farm ended up breaking into a family home and taking a nap in the bathroom. The goat, named “Big Boy”, went missing from a local farm in Ohio before he ended up a few miles away inside the Keathley residence in Ashland County’s Sullivan Township. Big Boy allegedly […]